Weekly Update: January 14, 2019

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that your vacation was fantastic and that you are ready for 2019!! There is a lot included in this update. Please be sure that you take note of the upcoming dates included at the end. 

Emory Staff United Nations (formerly known as Shared Leadership):

We meet Tuesday, January 15th at 2:40 in room 23. Out of contract will be paid to those who attend. Agenda topics include: New money 2018-19 Budget, Budget 2019-20 and EAGLE next steps.

Staff Professional Development:

We DO meet as a staff this week.

Math Labsite:

I just received our spring Math Lab Site dates- March 4th and 5th. Please let me know ASAP if you have any conflict (release day, field trip etc).

Classroom Library Funds:

$1,000 per grade level

Order due to Eunice by Jan 18, 2019

Book Source, Scholastic, Teachers College, Follett and Delaney- NOT AMAZON

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test Afiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level

Handouts from Teachers College Visit- grades TK-2:

Elma has compiled most, if not all of the handouts from Beth Hickey’s visit and placed them here–resources and materials.  The focus of Beth’s visit was small groups.  Would you like to plan small groups with Elma?  Please email Elma or complete the TOSA request.

Military Family Life Counselor:

Sandra Nunez- Mondays- Room 1

Classroom Lessons

Push into classrooms and provide lessons on conflict resolution, social skills training, and other topics. Lessons per topic would be covered in about 1 to 3 sessions, and approximately 15 to 20 minutes in lengths.

Military Kids Club

Military kids club on campus in small group settings. Participating military children must have a signed permission slips to attend.

Short Term Individual and Group Counseling

Short-term, non-medical, solution focused, education and support to military children on campus. Must have signed permission slip to participate.

Join the Comic-Con and SDCOE Educator Book Club:

Grow your ability to teach using comic books and graphic novels through a new collaboration between SDCOE, San Diego Comic-Con International, and the San Diego Comic-Con Museum. The SDCOE Educator Graphic Novel Book Club aims to increase your exposure to great reads, interesting conversations, positive collaboration, and a sense of community. The SDCOE Educator Group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning Jan. 23 at the SDCOE main campus at 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Discussions will be facilitated by club members with SDCOE curriculum and instruction experts available to offer guidance on research-based best practices.

Learn more about the club here and sign up for the interest list here.

NPR Podcast Challenge:

National Public Radio (NPR) is inviting San Diego County students in grades 5 to 12 to create a podcast and compete for a chance to win the grand prize. Winners will have their podcasts featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on NPR. Students are asked to put together a podcast with their class or extracurricular group, and then submit it to NPR with help from a teacher. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. Click here for more information. The deadline for submissions is March 31 and winners will be announced in April.

New-training required to host a Student Teacher:

The January 2018 CTC guidelines require all Master teachers to have “recent” training in various areas of coaching and classroom pedagogy.

The San Diego County Office of Education built an online training to help universities satisfy these Common Standards and Preliminary Credential Program Standards (Common Standards, Standard 3, bullets 3 and 4, pg. 3-4; Program Standards – Standard 3, letter D, pg. iv).

The training is 8 hours completely online that the Master Teacher can begin before receiving their Student Teacher or during the weeks the Student Teacher is in their classroom. 

Please see the link provided for information:  https://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/master-teacher-training.aspx

The course is open to them for one month from the time they enter it.  The cost of the program is $50 which would need to be paid by the teacher if they are interested in receiving and being paid for overseeing student teachers.

Each Master Teacher receives a certificate of completion that is portable as evidence of having been trained (for future service as a Master Teacher), and any university participating will have access to a growing database of Master Teachers who have been trained (for accreditation purposes).

South Bay Centennial Celebration- community members needed:

As we begin preparations for our 100 Year Anniversary in the spring of 2020, The district is establishing a committee to plan events, activities, and recognitions.   Ideally, they want to include teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents, and community members.  By January 23rd, please let me know if you would like to represent Emory.  The first meeting of the Committee will take place in March.

ST Math Webinar:

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing details about a ST Math Webinar with information about how to use ST Math to prepare students for CAASPP tests. See dates/links below.

Dates

  • January 15 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific Register
  • January 24 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific Register

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

January 15                             Site Shared Leadership

January 16                             Staff PD

January 18                             Classroom Library Order due to Eunice

January 23                             District PLN- ELPAC training webinar- meet in 23

January 24                             Dr. McNamara visits all Emory classes 11:30-12:15

January 25                             RFEP Celebration

January 30                             Principal Directed PLC- Elma here for guided reading K-2                                                   3-6 TBD

January 28-Feb 1                  Global Kindness Challenge

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: December 17, 2018

It has been a busy few weeks. Find time to enjoy each other and your students this week. They will miss you when we are away on vacation.

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You may wish to plan for the new R/W units you will begin when we return from vacation, get organized for Fountas and Pinnell or any other work which benefits your team.

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

Thank you to those of you have already submitted P-30’s for the F & P release, Eunice learned that they will not be accepting any release days for Friday (it’s a High Impact Day). The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 3rd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Handouts from Teachers College Visit- grades TK-2:

Elma has compiled most, if not all of the handouts from Beth Hickey’s visit and placed them here–resources and materials.  The focus of Beth’s visit was small groups.  Would you like to plan small groups with Elma?  Please email Elma or complete the TOSA request.

Support for English Learner Materials:

This Tuesday, the Learning and Innovation team hosted a professional learning session for teachers of students in grades 3-6.

There is another session on Tuesday, January 22

SIGN UP HERE

Here is a link to Tuesday’s presentation:

Yesterday’s Presentation

Holiday Party Details:

We will be celebrating on Friday, December 21 at 6:30 PM at the Perkins place (1150 Anchorage Lane #404, San Diego, 92106).  To get into the building, press 404 on the keypad.

If you’re joining us (and we hope you are!), please RSVP by sending $7 (per person; significant others are warmly welcomed) to Holli in room 26 before Wednesday, 12/19.  She’ll buy and prepare a lovely ham and her specialty martinis (otherwise BYOB).  Please bring either a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be an optional gift exchange (under $20, NO “white elephant” please).

January ILT Dates:

Earlier this year, your team identified representatives for each of the ILT meetings. The dates should be on your outlook calendar. Just a heads up as the meetings are in January, shortly after we return from vacation.
Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test A fiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: December 10, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Please join us in room 23 at 1:40.

My Big Takeaways from TC Visit this Week:

  1. Power of Tools
    1. It was powerful to see our students using the tools that we provided. Also, powerful for me to realize how helpful tools were to me as I supported students. On the whiteboard in room 23 is Elma’s Heinemann login. If you are working in a below grade unit, you may wish to login to Elma’s account to access the Heinemann resources. Elma has registered the kits from every grade level.
      1. ecanizalez@sbusd.org    password: workshop
  2. Usefulness of small groups in Writing Workshop 
    1. Especially strategy groups to support students, provide guided practice and to move students toward and above grade level standards
Fountas and Pinnell data entered Feb 1:
We are due to enter the second round of Fountas and Pinnell data on February 1st which is actually only 5 school weeks away. You may wish to start assessing students before we leave, schedule your sub release day or anything else that you need to do to get prepared to meet this deadline.
January ILT Dates:
Earlier this year, your team identified representatives for each of the ILT meetings. The dates should be on your outlook calendar. Just a heads up as the meetings are in January, shortly after we return from vacation.
Opportunity in Math Leadership:
From Cindy Wagner….
As a means of ensuring all students have access to a rigorous, standards aligned mathematics learning experience, it has become apparent it is time to revisit and revise the SBUSD Math Units of Study.  The Learning and Innovation Team is seeking teacher leaders to participate and assist in this process.
 
The purpose of this group is to review shared beliefs regarding the learning of mathematics, create a standards aligned scope and sequence for each grade level, and identify existing and supplemental resources best aligned to that scope and sequence.  Please complete the application to be considered for the MUOS Leadership Group. A competitive application process will be used to select between 15-20 participants from a range of grade levels and experiences. Consultation Committee members have created a set of qualities and experiences important for teachers serving on this team.  The application and review process is based on the work completed by Consultation.
 
The MUOS Leadership Team will meet on Monday and Tuesday, January 7th and 8th.  There will be a future date(s) to be determined once the group is formed.  Teachers who participate in this group will be compensated out-of-contract pay.
 
Please complete the application at this link https://goo.gl/forms/AoOgRGyzkcs9YaGf1https://goo.gl/forms/AoOgRGyzkcs9YaGf1
 
by Wednesday, December 12th.  Applications will be reviewed on December 13th and 14th.

PD for grades 3-6- supporting English Learners:

Join Coordinator Lisa Celaya and TOSAs for a professional development session addressing the needs of language learners.  We will focus on readers and writers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning instruction that supports the needs of Emergent Bilingual students.  Both English language development and Spanish language development will be discussed.  The specific needs of upper grade students and long-term language learners will also be covered in the session.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 FROM 3:30-5:00pm

EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOMS 1-3

Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided

Click here to sign up

Chromebook Repair Information:

3rd- 6th grade teachers-
In order to best support you with timely Chromebook replacement and repair, you can help the District by:
1. Removing the Chromebook from the case. Store the case in your classroom until the repair is complete, or the device is replaced.
2. *Immediately* switching to using a ZDT/spare Chromebook. Make sure after you’ve placed the work order, the device does not leave with the student.

3. Printing the work order, removing the case from the device, taping the work order to the device, bringing the device to the Library, leaving with the IMRT and picking up the replacement. The IMRTs will have a box, or location, identified for you to drop off and the Tech Staff to pick up.
4. Including the family- If some mischief has happened to the device at home, please ask parents for a written account of what happened and include it in the incident report and/or work order.

Holiday Party Survey:

Please complete the attached survey regarding Emory’s Holiday Party by Monday, 12/10.  
Bill and Holli have agreed to host the party and are open to either date, and the majority wins. Specific details regarding the party will be sent once the date has been set. Note, there will be a minimal charge for attendees to cover the cost of the ham, plates/cups/utensils, beverages, etc. There are no social committee funds available to cover these costs this year as in years past.
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Weekly Update: December 3, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team and/or your vertical partners. You may wish to co-plan for upcoming units, review ELD placements/supports for English Learners or anything else which feels important to your team.

Dr. McNamara Visit Schedule Tuesday, Dec 4th:

See the tentative visit schedule below.

10:15    14         Aranzazu Castellanos      ELD

10:17    13         Leslie Ochoa                     ELD

10:19    9           RoseAnn Hernandez        ELD-EO

10:21    6           Carrie Wahamaki             VAPA/STEM

10:24    K1         Karina Martinez               Writing Workshop          ?? Adjusted Schedule

10:26    K2         Connie Leon                     Writing Workshop

10:29    2           Dene Sanchez                   Math Workshop

10:31    3           Rebecca Carson               Math Workshop

10:34    7           Maria Hopkins                 Word Study

10:36    12         Jeanne Sherwood            ST Math Lab

10:39    15         Don Brizendine                ELD-EO

10:42    17         Shelly Molina                   ELD-EO

10:44    18         Erin Major                        ELD-EO

10:46    19         Dave Benson                    ELD-EO

10:48    20         Erika Pehrson                   ELD-EO

10:50    21         Patty Valdivia                  ELD

10:53    22         K.C. Kinnamon                 Math Workshop

10:55    25         Angelica Goulding           ELD

10:57    26         Holli Perkins                    Reading Workshop

Teachers College Schedule Dec 5-7:

Please see the schedule for our Teachers College visit next Wed, Thursday and Friday (December 5th, 6th and 7th). We will be focused on supports for Writing Workshop.
 
Thank to Karina, Maria and Rebecca for hosting!!
 
 
Grade
Schedule
Kindergarten/TK
      Karina Martinez (labsite)
      Connie Leon
      Christy Shultz
      8:00-9:45
8:00-8:40 Labsite
8:40-9:25
9:25-9:45
2nd
      Maria Hopkins (labsite)
      Jeanne Sherwood
      Melinda Seubert       
      10:00-11:40
10:00-10:35
10:35-11:15 Labsite
11:15-11:40
1st
      Rebecca Carson (labsite)
      Dene Sanchez/Laura Acosta
      Georgina Lobato
      Monica Hueso (Friday only)
 
**Wednesday
       12:15-1:40
12:15-12:45
12:45-1:20 Labsite
1:20-1:40
 
**Thursday
      12:15-2:25
12:15-1:05
1:05-1:45 Labsite
1:45-2:25
 

PD for grades 3-6- supporting English Learners:

Join Coordinator Lisa Celaya and TOSAs for a professional development session addressing the needs of language learners.  We will focus on readers and writers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning instruction that supports the needs of Emergent Bilingual students.  Both English language development and Spanish language development will be discussed.  The specific needs of upper grade students and long-term language learners will also be covered in the session.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 FROM 3:30-5:00pm

EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOMS 1-3

Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided

Click here to sign up

Hour of Code Dec 3-9:

Please plan for your class to participate in the Hour of Code. During the week of Dec 3-9, identify an hour period for your students to try out coding. If you have already incorporated this into your regular schedule, please use the resources currently in place. If you are not currently teaching your students to code, you may wish to check out this website.

Furniture Samples in Room 23:

There is a new set of furniture on display in room 23. Please check it out when you have time.

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 9 Certificated and Classified Staff Members of the Year Celebration Breakfast

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 26, 2018

I hope that you enjoyed time off with your friends and family.

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team and/or your vertical partners. You may wish to co-plan for upcoming units, review ELD placements/supports for English Learners or anything else which feels important to your team.

Hour of Code Dec 3-9:

Please plan for your class to participate in the Hour of Code. During the week of Dec 3-9, identify an hour period for your students to try out coding. If you have already incorporated this into your regular schedule, please use the resources currently in place. If you are not currently teaching your students to code, you may wish to check out this website.

Furniture Samples in Room 23:

There is a new set of furniture on display in room 23. Please check it out when you have time.

LanSchool Issues:

Big picture-if you are having issues with LanSchool-enter a work order with very specific details.

Troubleshooting

**If the Chromebooks show in the class list but do not display their screens (in the thumbnail view) this is because kids are choosing the option to “deny access” and should be told to restart their Chromebooks and choose correctly (this is a classroom management issue for the teacher to handle).

**If the Chromebooks do not show up in the class list teachers may need help with finding/adding students to their class list. Or perhaps the Chromebooks need to be reset and re-enrolled to fix issues with their student client (techs can help with either of these issues).

**If the complaint has to do with the “All Your Brand” messages appearing where the student name should be, we know about this and there’s nothing we can do at the moment. This is an issue between Stoneware (makers of LanSchool) and Google.

Grant Writer:

The District is working with a grant writer. They are focused on applying for funding to supplement instruction, not for things that are considered basic services. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are considering applying for a grant, let me know and I will reach out to the District on your behalf.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 15 8:20 EAGLE kick off

Dec 4 Dr. Mc visits Emory

Dec 5,6,7 Teach College grade K-2

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 12, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team.

Emory Unity Stomp Dress Rehearsal:

We will hold a Unity Stomp Dress Rehearsal for all students on Tuesday, Nov 13th at 1:05 p.m. on the blacktop. My hope is that this takes approximately 15 minutes. DO NOT BRING YOUR CHAIRS.

E.A.G.L.E. Kick Off Assembly:

-Thursday, November 15th @ 8:30 a.m.

-Wear new Emory Shirt (students/staff)

-Students may use “spirit sticks”

-Bring Chairs to Blacktop

-Bring wish for the world to Blacktop

Agenda

Flag Salute

Opening Remarks

              Principal

              Student Council President

Emory Unity Stomp

                  Call Stomp Leaders

                  Classes line-up on class row

                   Return to seats

Merengue Seubert/Goulding

Procession

             Staff Pass through first

              Students Pass through the arch-6,5,4,3,2,1,K

               Drop “Wish for the World” into vessel

               Return to chair

Closing Remarks

Emory School Clean-up:

Friday, November 16th @1:05 pm

Each class will be provided with a plastic glove for each student and a bag for every two students.  These supplies should be in your mailboxes by Thursday.

We will also be making a map with your designated area for clean up.

If you are unable to participate in this Emory cleanup please let the second grade team know by Wednesday, November 14th.

LanSchool Issues:

Big picture-if you are having issues with LanSchool-enter a work order with very specific details.

Troubleshooting

**If the Chromebooks show in the class list but do not display their screens (in the thumbnail view) this is because kids are choosing the option to “deny access” and should be told to restart their Chromebooks and choose correctly (this is a classroom management issue for the teacher to handle).

**If the Chromebooks do not show up in the class list teachers may need help with finding/adding students to their class list. Or perhaps the Chromebooks need to be reset and re-enrolled to fix issues with their student client (techs can help with either of these issues).

**If the complaint has to do with the “All Your Brand” messages appearing where the student name should be, we know about this and there’s nothing we can do at the moment. This is an issue between Stoneware (makers of LanSchool) and Google.

Grant Writer:

The District is working with a grant writer. They are focused on applying for funding to supplement instruction, not for things that are considered basic services. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are considering applying for a grant, let me know and I will reach out to the District on your behalf. 

Report Cards in Cum Files:

Thank you for your hard work completing your report cards. Please remember to file a copy in each child’s cum folder. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 15 8:20 EAGLE kick off

Dec 4 Dr. Mc visits Emory

Dec 5,6,7 Teach Coll grade K-2

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 5, 2018

Thank you so much for your efforts to host a Fall Carnival for our school community. It has been a very busy few weeks. I hope that you enjoy a relaxing weekend!!

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff. We will spend time looking preparing for our Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment Kickoff Assembly and planning school transition activities. The meeting will begin at 1:40 and end at 3:10. Unless you have duty, please plan to be in room 23 at 1:40.

School Mission:

We have a school mission statement! See below.

Our mission is to empower students to be civic and service-minded individuals by developing their leadership skills and inspiring them to serve others. Our students make the world a better place.
At Emory, we grow great leaders who dream more, learn more, achieve more,
BECOME MORE!
Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment
Emory School Board Presentation:
Thank you for showing the Superintendent and Trustees how amazing Emory is! I hope you will be able to join me Thursday, November 8th at 6:00 (Burress Auditorium) when I present to the Board about our school.
Imagine Learning:
Before and after school Imagine Learning will begin Nov 5th. Thanks to Laura for coordinating our efforts. I also wish to thank Leslie, Laura and Dene who will be facilitating the sessions in their classrooms. You should continue to use Imagine Learning in your classrooms during the school day.
New Impact Teacher:
Please be sure to welcome our new Impact Teacher, Michael Martinez. He will be supporting ELD time with the hope of minimizing the size of the English only groups.

Teachers College Visit Nov 7-9 (Grades 3-6):

Please see the schedule for our visit from Christine Ikin, our TC staff developer. Below the table, please note that many of you have changes to your planning time that week. The times listed below will be in room 6 and in place of your regularly scheduled planning timeAlso, you will need to do self-contained ELD on Thursday and Friday.
Teachers College Visit November 7, 8, 9
5th/6th
Angelica, Don, Erin, Dave, Patty, Shelly
8:00-9:50
Labsite-Erin/Dave
Meet in Room 23
4th
Erika, Tracy, Holli, K.C.
10:10-12:00
Labsite-Holli
Meet in Room 23
3rd
RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Leslie
Wednesday**
12:35-1:40
Thursday/Friday**
12:35-2:25
Labsite-RoseAnn
Meet in Room 23
Planning Time Changes (new time)
Patty                   Monday (11/5)               9:10-10:10
              Erin/Dave           Monday  (11/5)              1:25-2:25
              Aranzazu            Wednesday (11/7)          8:10-9:10
              Holli                    Friday (11/9)                   12:45-1:45
              Angelica             Thursday (11/8)              11:00-12:00
              Don                     Thursday (11/8)              1:25-2:25
              K.C.                     Wednesday (11/8)          8:10-9:10

Report Cards in Cum Files:

Thank you for your hard work completing your report cards. Please remember to file a copy in each child’s cum folder. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

Number Talks Resources:

The Math TOSAs created a website with resources for Number Talks. It has power point slides created for the various number talks for each grade level span and includes the title of the strategies for each of the mathematical topics that are in the actual book.
Make sure you click on your grade level, which is found at the top of the page in a light gray color.

District Champions:

There are many amazing students, families and staff who support us each and every day. Use this link to submit nominations for your colleagues, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community partners.

Teachers College Wisdom:

Cindy Wagner attended the Teachers College Leadership Conference. She shared a few notes from Lucy Caulkins which I have listed below.

Test Prep Findings From TCRWP
·        SBAC to Reading Level Correlation is 85%
·        Number one way to increase test scores is to have students reading at grade level!
·        Test PREP is very different that test PRACTICE
·        Focus on maximizing the volume of reading and writing for students all year long
·        The curriculum and having kids spend lots of time reading and writing and getting to grade level.
·        Find ways to make test prep fun and joyful.  This will add confidence on the day of the test. When we think about test prep from a stressful vantage point, we pass that along on testing day.
·        Test prep unit starts four to five weeks before test.  No sooner!
·        The skills and strategies needed on the test ARE taught in the UOS.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Christine Ikin TC gr 3-6-Nov 7,8,9
  • Emory Presentation at SBUSD Board Mtg-Nov 8
  • Soaring to Success-Respect-Nov 13 (Tuesday)
  • Emory E.A.G.L.E Kick Off Assembly Nov 15

Quote of the Week:

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